Pop Stars and Flop Stars: That Drake Reign Just Won’t Let Up, Demi Lovato Remains Your Struggle Fav

Previously On PS&FS
Rihanna came out on top, while Nick Jonas flopped hard.

Climb to the top of the pops and dive deep down into the depths with the flops in our new, improved edition of Pop Power Ranking (now called Pop Stars and Flop Stars).

Welcome back to Pop Stars and Flop Stars, which, as I explained earlier, is a revitalized (and shortened) restructuring of the feature formerly called Pop Power Ranking. Here’s the drill: each week, I’ll name a Pop Star — someone who secured the lion’s share of No. 1s, trophies, and/or other cultural gold stars (both tangible and intangible) — and one Flop Star who… well, you get the idea. And that’s about all there is to say. Let’s get into it.

This Week’s Pop Star: Drake

Oh, look who’s No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Album 200! It’s Drake. Again. It’s impressive, and yet there’s hardly anything left to say. Except this: Views has now spent nine consecutive weeks at No. 1, more than any male artist’s album since Billy Ray CyrusSome Gave All in 1992. And this: By topping the singles chart (for the the last seven weeks) and album chart (for the last nine weeks) concurrently, Drake ties Michael Jackson’s 1983 record. (Jackson posted up at No. 1 on both charts for seven consecutive weeks with “Billie Jean” and Thriller.) And this: As our friends at Idolator point out, Views has spent more weeks at No. 1 this year than every other album by a male artist combined.

Runners Up

This Week’s Flop Star: Demi Lovato

“Body Say” what? Body say: Demi Lovato’s new single, “Body Say,” released a paltry eight months after her last album, Confident, is hardly shaping up to be a massive summer smash or anything even close. (It appears it’s not even on iTunes, despite seeing official release last week.) Body also say: Lovato’s tour with Nick Jonas — the embarrassingly titled Honda Civic Future Now Tour — appears to be struggling with ticket sales, as reports of hugely discounted family packages and free ticket giveaways roll in. Body finally say: the Honda Civic future isn’t bright for everyone.

Runners Down

  • No one comes close, honestly…